We value every person every day

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is integrated and prioritised into all aspects of the University and is everyone's obligation.

The University's commitment to EDI is evidenced through its people and programs.

At the University of Newcastle, we believe  everyone has the right to participate, engage and contribute. Throughout Australia and globally, there continues to be barriers to ensuring full inclusion. The University is passionate about advocating for access and inclusion of its people through various action plans and programs.

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We are committed to widening participation, promoting diversity and fairness, overcoming injustice and increased success for all.

Vision for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Equity seeks to create fairness and justice for marginalised people. Equity is different to equality as it is not just about providing an equal distribution of resources. The practice of equity recognises disadvantage and power imbalances and the need for tailored intentional, and comprehensive approaches to providing genuine pathways of access. Equity also includes challenging inequitable systems, so access and inclusion increase.


Inclusion is the act of providing access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised. Some examples of inclusion are providing alternate pathways or access, classroom adjustments, or additional time for tasks. Inclusion relies on an understanding of both equity and diversity to support communities of people to participate and succeed meaningfully.


Diversity is recognising a range of human differences, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and religious and political beliefs.


Belonging means a feeling of security and support that brings a sense of acceptance. It is an emotional need for connectedness, friendship, trust, and acceptance.


Intersectionality is when people have multiple overlapping identities, which, when combined, can have a multiplicative negative effect on the person. Healthy and vibrant university communities overcome forced dichotomies of identity, allowing students and staff to be themselves without fear of stereotypes, bias, prejudice, or violence.

Psychological safety

Psychological safety defines a culture of trust and support where people can question practice and voice concerns without fear of repercussions towards them. Psychological safety needs systems that value the growth and development of cohorts and allow for accountability and meaningful change when unsafe circumstances arise.

What sets us apart

113 countries ? represented in our student body
1st in sector ? for number of Aboriginal and Torres Islander students
1st in NSW ? for social equity
5-star ? maximum rating for social equity

Accreditation and affiliation

Key dates

13 Feb
National Apology Anniversary
08 Mar
International Women's Day
18 Mar
Close the Gap Day
21 Mar
Harmony Day
02 Apr
World Autism Day
22 May
National Sorry Day
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27 May
Reconciliation Week
01 Jun
Pride Month
10 Jun
Flexible Working Day
05 Jul
09 Aug
International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples
28 Aug
Equal Pay Day
28 Aug
Pride Week
03 Dec
International Day of People with Disability